The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have fined Hampshire County Council £100,000 for leaving files and sacks of confidential waste in a disused building.
The data, including highly sensitive information about adults and children in vulnerable situations, was found by the new owners of the building in Havant, that had previously been occupied by Hampshire County Council’s Adults and Children’s Services department.
The find was reported to the ICO who investigated and found that the council had failed to follow data protection law.
Steve Eckersley, ICO head of enforcement, said: “Hampshire County Council failed to ensure that highly sensitive personal data about adults and children in vulnerable circumstances was disposed of.
“The council knew the building had housed a department that dealt with confidential information and should have had a proper procedure in place to check no personal data was left in the building. Organisations must implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when decommissioning buildings.
“The council’s failure to look after this information was irresponsible. It not only broke the law but put vulnerable people at risk.”
Read the full story on the ICO website here.